schools

Primary reaching its peak

A major new building project will make Queenstown's Shotover Primary School one of the biggest in New Zealand – and principal Ben Witheford's hoping that's its final growth spurt. A large section of land has been cleared in preparation for...

Back to school bother

Queenstown's Salvation Army volunteers are hoping to lend a much-needed helping hand to parents this year as back-to-school costs pile up. Local Salvation Army social worker Hine Marchand says the stress parents on low incomes feel due to rising rent...

School growing pains

Queenstown's mayor says as many as three new primary schools might be needed to cater for the resort's skyrocketing growth. But the Ministry of Education's (MoE) keeping mum on what, if any, plans are in the pipeline. Mayor Jim Boult says...
Six uber-bright Wakatipu youngsters stormed to second place in a national robotics competition in Auckland last Saturday. From left are Remarkables Primary's Minnie Tam, 13, Arrowtown Primary's Tigne Roberts, 12, coach Paula Hugens, Remarkables Primary's Jackson Lines, 13, Wakatipu High's...

Fundraising fun

It's set to be a bumper weekend for school fundraisers, with two big events looking to raise cash for local kids. You don't often hear Swanndris and sparkles in the same sentence, but the two will come together for a...

Rookies’ robotic takeover

Queenstown kids coded robots to perform various tasks at a recent local robotics competition. Organiser and host Emma Wilson is pictured handing over the inaugural Martin Wightman Cup to Remarkable Rookies winners Jack Smillie, 12, left, and Ricky Webster, 11...

School site up for grabs

The former site of Queenstown's high school is being considered by another government department to see if it's worth keeping in public hands. Wakatipu High School's Gorge Road site has been empty since the move to a new campus at...
Queenstown's two newest schools are drawing up expansion plans to cope with exponential roll growth. Shotover Primary’s roll has grown nearly five-fold since it opened in 2015, while the number of pupils at Remarkables Primary School has increased 10-fold since...

Ministry in school site hunt

A new primary school is on the cards for Queenstown. The Ministry of Education's Katrina Casey confirms it's on the hunt for a suitable location in the Wakatipu – but won't reveal where. The news isn't surprising given a hike in Queenstown...
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